Kelowna Says Pot Shops Not Tolerated

Article by The Kelowna Daily Courier

Kelowna says pot shops not tolerated

Pot shops are targeted by authorities as soon as they open up in Kelowna, municipal officials say.

“We’ve been consistent in our messaging that medical marijuana storefront dispensaries are not lawful, and that any that open will be subject to bylaw and RCMP enforcement actions,” city clerk Stephen Fleming said Wednesday.

Nevertheless, city officials estimate that half a dozen Kelowna businesses are currently selling marijuana.

West Kelowna is expected to crack down on pot shops in downtown Westbank following a decision by city council in that municipality to draft new rules on the production and distribution of medical marijuana.

The rules, to be sent to a public hearing, would allow pot only to be sold directly from licensed growers located in industrial areas, or through pharmacies.

Even with the expected legalization of marijuana, the Highway 97 pot shops in Westbank are illegal, city and police officials say.

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